John Dowland (1563 – buried 20 February 1626) was an English Renaissance composer, singer, and lutenist. He
was well revered for his melancholy compositions and played in royal courts. His music is what we might consider
the renaissance equivalent of modern day pop song.
Sting also said of Dowland that '[He] was really the first English singer/songwriter that we know of and so many of
us owe our living to this man'.